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Kindred Spirits Helping Each Other

A friend sent me this photo essay going around the internet.  I found it incredibly touching.  Personally, it felt like it was a demonstration of intelligence, trust, and nonverbal communication between species that was perhaps the way it used to be, prior to so much division and fear having developed between  humans and other animals. It was heartening to see how the fisherman and his family assisted them.  It is a promising illustration of how perhaps we can all help each other in the midst of the global environmental challenges we are confronting in 2012.

Perhaps we can all use this as a healthy, joyous reminder of how we can help all beings in need beyond all labels of species, predator, prey, us vs. them, self vs. other.  We can all support each other in creating a more peaceful world in 2012!

A DEER STORY FROM ALASKA
A Heart Warming  and Amazing Rescue , in Sitka  Alaska
Amazing story…a  miracle of sorts, really!
The Best Day Of Fishing Ever!

I’ve heard of salmon jumping into boats, but never anything quite like this…
Tom Satre told the Sitka Gazette that he was out with a charter group on his 62-foot fishing vessel when four juvenile black-tailed deer swam directly toward his boat. 

 

Deer Swimming for Help

“Once the deer reached the boat, the four began to circle the boat, looking directly at us.  We could tell right away that the young bucks were distressed.

I opened up my back gate and we helped the typically skittish and absolutely wild animals onto the boat.  In all my years fishing, I’ve never seen anything quite like it!

Once onboard, they collapsed with exhaustion, shivering.”

Deer Resting on Board

Deer Resting On Board

“This is a picture I took of the rescued bucks on the back of
my boat, the Alaska Quest.  We headed for Taku Harbour.

Once we reached the dock, the first buck that we had pulled from the water hopped onto the dock, looked back as if to say ‘thank you’ and disappeared into the forest.

After a bit of prodding and assistance, two more followed, but the smallest deer needed a little more help.

Deer Rescued

This is me carrying the little guy.

 

Deer Rescued

My daughter, Anna, and son, Tim, helped the last buck to its feet.
We didn’t know how long they had been in the icy waters or
if there had been others who did not survive.  My daughter later told me that the experience was something that she would never forget,

and I suspect the deer felt the same way as well!”

Thank you for sharing these photographs and story with all of us!

From Dinosaur to Chic: The Quiet of Nature

Serenity

A client and dear friend forwarded me this wonderful  New York Times opinion article written by a favorite author of mine, Pico Iyer, from December 29, 2011 titled “The Joy of Quiet”.  My clients comment to me after reading the article, was:   “As I sit quietly at night, with the only sound in my home being the breathing of my asthmatic cat, who knew that I had gone from dinosaur to cutting edge chic?” I feel like this amusing, but truthful article is an appropriate beginning blog post for the New Year as silence and quiet time in nature are a key part of the foundation of the kindred spirits project.  My friend also commented  “I thought this would resonate with you”.  It did indeed.  I felt like Pico personally endorsed and reaffirmed my own decisions and that perhaps, I no longer needed to consider myself a dinosaur for choosing to live on a quieter, more remote island, living a more peaceful life with less nonstop connection to the outer world. I chuckled as I read it and thought, oh, I am not the only one who has made a conscious choice like that.   Cool beans, my choices are now becoming chic for a new generation!

After living around the greater New York area most of my life, and heading off  to quiet retreats around the world whenever possible to rebalance my attunement to the calmer vibrational frequencies of nature, and then finally moving to a more tranquil island,  I too feel acknowledged by this article.  It is not easy to make these conscious choices as the majority of the population chooses to stay tuned to the world 24/7 , competing to survive, and thriving on the nonstop busy mind traffic. Like a frog in boiling water society has slowly adapted to the increase in noise, visual, water and air pollution.  All the chronic busyness and stress impacts on our mental, emotional, physical and spiritual states.  After my first ten years of veterinary practice, being on emergency call every other night and inevitably being called out every other night, I was well aware of that stress and the toll it took on me and my soul yearned for disconnection from phones, beepers, etc. (more…)

Happy, Healthy, Peaceful, Awesome, Smiling New Year to All Kindred Spirits

 

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Happy Dog

Happy Cat

Happy Cat

Happy Dolphin

Happy Elephant

Best wishes for a healthy, happy, peaceful, enlightening and awesome New Year to all my Kindred Spirits! May your New Year be blessed with inner and outer smiles and may you be able to share that joy with all beings!  By sharing our inner and outer smile and  joy with all beings we are actually part of the change, creating a healthier, happier world!  When we smile, it actually causes positive changes in our neurophysiology thereby creating more happiness for us and then for others.

I hope you have enjoyed the first year of the Kindred Spirits Project blog and that it brought joy into your life.  This has been just the beginning of helping to transform society  into a healthier, happier, more compassionate global community.  Thank you for your support, feedback and insights in 2011 and for 2012.   Let us all work and play together creating the loving, compassionate global multi-species, trans-species family that we inherently know that this world can be.

Blessings to you all! Chat in the New Year! Share and spread the cosmic Smile that transcends all beings!

 

P.S.  If any of these  photo’s require acknowledgement or credit to a particular person, company or whomever, please let me know and I will be glad to credit you or remove this beautiful sharing if desired.  Much gratitude to you, whomever,  for creating such  heartfelt photographs that brings joy to so many!

Celebrating the New Year With All Families, Inner and Outer

Celebration by Tom DuBois

Celebration by Tom DuBois

Celebrating and bringing in the New Year with beloved family members can nourish old bonds, heal old wounds, create new experiences and allow for support for future endeavors. Hearing, seeing and watching so many family members flying all over to connect with others families stimulated thoughts in my mind about the families closer to us as well as deeper concepts of family.  Hearing of different perspectives on the holidays, gift-giving and receiving and the “mind traffic” that can occur based on different belief systems and philosophies about this holiday season helped me appreciate all the different mind universes that live together on this planet.   Recently, I shared in a previous post about inter-species families with gorilla’s as well as all the varied species that share my sanctuary with me.

Today I came across a beautiful commentary that spoke to me regarding all these  varied observations and interactions of what family means.  This commentary is from one of my favorite books, “Glimpse After Glimpse, Daily Reflections on Living and Dying” (Harper SanFrancisco, 1995) by Sogyal Rinpoche, the author of the renowned book “The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying”.  Sogyal writes:

“Just as the ocean has waves, and the sun has rays, so the mind’s own radiance is its thoughts and emotions.  The ocean has waves, yet the ocean is not particularly disturbed by them.  The waves are the very nature of the ocean.  Waves will rise, but where do they go? Back into the ocean.  And where do the waves come from?  The ocean.

In the same manner, thoughts and emotions are the radiance and expression of the very nature of the mind.  They rise from the mind, but where do they dissolve? Back into the mind. Whatever rises, do not see it as a particular problem.  If you do not impulsively react, if you are only patient, it will once again settle into its essential nature.

When you  have this understanding, then rising thoughts only enhance your practice. But when you do not understand what they intrinsically are…the radiance of the nature of your mind….then your thoughts become the seed of confusion. So have a spacious, open, and compassionate attitude toward your thoughts and emotions, because in fact, your thoughts are your family, the family of your mind. Before them, as Dudjom Rinpoche used to say: “Be like an old wise man, watching a child play.””

Upon reading this commentary this morning, I had a totally expanded concept of family, from our inner family to our outer family of all beings on mother earth and beyond.  The inner family of our thoughts and emotions are an integral  foundation for how we relate to ourselves and all other beings.  Our thoughts and emotions which radiate naturally from us allow us to perceive and experience family in so many varied ways.  Once we recognize that, we have the opportunity to embrace a more loving compassionate  perspective on all our families, inner and outer, from our thoughts to a bloodline family to friends and to all beings that we share mother earth with.  Once we appreciate all these levels of family, we can create a more harmonious, compassionate world, again, both inner and outer. Thereby, we can have a huge impact on the health and happiness of the planet through the impact that these compassionate action steps, of cultivating our loving thoughts and emotions, can have on the conscious and emotional commons and on global coherence.  Through our positive thoughts and emotions we are making a difference in the world, thought by thought, moment by moment.  These positive thoughts and emotions can be greater gifts to our families than any material gifts.  There is great truth in the saying that the greatest gift one can offer is  being”presence” for the other being, rather than physical “presents”.

One of my many wishes for all  kindred spirits for the New Year is that may we all be blessed with a loving, peaceful, healthy, awakening, fun family of inner thoughts and emotions and may they all be blessings to all other outer family members that truly transcend all labels!

Keep A Child Alive: A Compassionate World

As the world turns, pain and suffering is evident daily.  In honor of World AIDS Day and the noble and achievable goal of eliminating AIDS within this generation, Showtime premiered “Keep a Child Alive with Alicia Keys”.  It is a heart wrenching documentary providing a closeup view of how people are surviving through this pandemic.  Alicia Keys, a  grammy award winning music superstar and AIDS activist guides us through some of her ground level support activities in South Africa with her organization, Keep A Child Alive.   I was  honored to be invited to a special movie premiere of this riveting documentary at the Tribeca Grand Hotel on November 29.  This event was reviewed in the news the following day.  Bono also appeared that evening in support of Alicia Keys.

Alicia Keys and Dr. Schoen

Alicia Keys and Dr. Schoen

I was so touched by the courage of so many in the film. After watching the movie,  I had the opportunity to briefly share my thoughts and ideas about  the possibility of integrating the health benefits of the human animal bond into some of her projects.  I felt that amidst all the pain and sorrow, buy levaquin 750 generic perhaps sharing their lives with animal companionship could provide some healing from the emotional pain in the hearts of so many orphans from this pandemic.  It might provide them with the unconditional love that our kindred spirits can provide.  It might also offer them loving companionship and supportive hugs that they might not receive otherwise.

In keeping with the theme of the kindred spirits project goal of creating a more compassionate world, Alicia Keys and Bono are surely doing far more than their share of compassionate care for so many in Africa and India.  I believe that as more orphanages, humane shelters and refuges for all beings integrate the health benefits of the human animal bond, there is the opportunity for even deeper healing of the emotional and psychological wounds that so many suffer from.  As the cycle of giving and receiving with our animal companions heals so many wounds, it also increases the awareness of compassion for all beings and how that can make this world a bit brighter, happier and healthier, being by being.  Kudos to Alicia Keys and Bono!

 

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Duality vs. Oneness With All Beings

Heart Connections

Occupy Love

 

I came across this video, Occupy Love, occupylove.org  that has assisted me in appreciating a much more expansive view of all the unfolding events around the occupy movement.  This is not meant to be a political blog or anything of the sort.   The video actually addresses one of the goals of this blogsite,  “How to create a more compassionate, heart based society”.   I have heard many of the polarized perspectives on what is happening and found myself asking questions such as “what is the bigger picture?” and what really are the “best questions” to be explored if we are searching to create a more compassionate society for the benefit of all beings.

I personally do not believe that polarization of “us vs. them” in any shape or form is not necessarily beneficial for anyone.  It is a form of duality that pits one against another, stating one side wins the other side loses.  Perhaps my idealistic naive side of myself is showing up too much today, yet it seems that we can truly make situations a win/win for all parties involved, if that is indeed the primary intention.  What might be beneficial to accomplish this though, is to see if we are indeed buy levaquin uk asking the right questions.  The concept of “occupy love”  is a much more inclusive, positive perspective that encompasses all beings, including all our animal friends.  If we “occupy love” or “be love”, we come from a different part of our brain.  We actually stimulate the release of different neurotransmitters and neurohormones.  We feel different, see differently, think differently and thereby wire our brains differently.  We actually see with new eyes so to speak.  We actually give our brains and our hearts a “love” tune-up so to speak.  This is also what happens when we share our lives with our animal companions. It is like a virtual “love” tune-up to our hearts and minds.

So dear kindred spirits, I share this brief youtube video in hopes of stimulating positive neurotransmitters and neurohormones and offering you a day filled with more loving, compassionate thoughts and feelings for all beings.  Perhaps we can go forth in our day with more compassion for others who we may not necessarily see eye to eye with, but respect them realizing we are all looking for the same thing, to be loved.  What does it feel like inside you to “occupy love”?

 

Horse Bulldog Connection Transcends Us vs. Them

Horse and Bulldog

In the midst of all the challenges facing the world these days, animals continue to be excellent models for us on how we can transcend the “us vs. them” mentality.  In this smile stimulating video on huffpost,  the police horse and the bulldog are connecting at a deeper level.  Perhaps if humans consciously chose to be less adversarial and realize we are all in this together, then we  could choose to see what we share in common and how through this commonality, we can come to terms of agreement based on what is best for all beings.  I know this sounds quite simplistic, but sometimes, if do not ask the correct basic questions, we will never come up with the best answers.  Can we choose to be like this horse and dog and from that common ground, work on developing a society that really focuses on what is best for all beings involved?

 

Canine Pilgrimage Workshop

Canine Pilgrimage

Dog pilgrimage walk on the beach

Dear Friends and Colleagues,
From Daily Chore to Inspiring Spiritual Practice: Dog-Walking as Pilgrimage
Have you ever whined that once again the dog needs a walk?
Have you ever shivered with the unsavoury thought that you had to take the dog out in the cold and rain?
If you are like me, the answer to those questions is an unbridled “Yes! Arghhh!”
So it got me thinkin’ . . . . what if I started to ‘go on pilgrimage’ with my dear dog Paz? What would happen? How would that change my daily walks with him?
Would I enjoy it more? Would HE enjoy it more?  It has been an interesting experiment for me. So, what has happened for me so far . . . .
Now. I seem to be more in now. I don’t stop to smell all those dog-yummy smells, mind you, but I do notice the roses, the trees, my inner self and enjoy Paz’s whims more.
Perspective. The real trick to life is not avoiding or not having problems – it’s perspective. I find, when I’m out, on pilgrimage, I leave my routine, I leave my stuck places and get some perspective on what is happening back at the ranch. (OK, no horses here, but you know . . . !) Then I relax and can be more creative. I find that this can happen in even just a very few minutes in the most seemingly mundane of circumstances – if I’m wearing my pilgrimage hat.
Connection. As I relax I can connect more. With my dog, my self, and other living beings around me of all types! And that is just helpful all ’round.
That dang dog waiting at the door wagging his tail is really an astonishing opportunity!
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I am so excited to announce that my friend and colleague Dr. Allen Schoen is going to be co-facilitating this Dog-Walking as Pilgrimage walkshop with me. For decades he has been pioneering holistic, integrative veterinary medicine and human animal bond, practicing, writing and teaching worldwide. His latest work can be seen herewww.kindredspiritsproject.com where, as he says, his vision is: “to assist animal lovers throughout the world to gather together and unite in order to nurture, transform, concentrate and focus the unconditional love that they share with their animal companions into compassionate action to help improve the quality of life, happiness and health of all beings.” Important work!
Pilgrimage is not something I’ve done, it is something I inhabit. It has taken me to many parts of the world and deeper into myself. I have noticed that when we frame a walk, a trip, a journey of any kind, as a pilgrimage, we shift from being a seer of sites to being a seer from our own hearts and souls. We CAN just walk out our front doors and be on pilgrimage whenever we have that urge to walk! Check it out in more detail atwww.nicolemoen.ca.
So I’ll be talkin’ about walkin’ and Allen will be gettin’ you tuned into bonding with your furry bud! REGISTER ATinfo@nicolemoen.ca
Join us for this unique walkshop and notice what happens for you . . . .
DETAILS:

Date: Saturday, November 19, 2011

Time: 10 am to 1 pm – please arrive by 9:45 am to give yourself time to settle in

Fee: Pay-what-you-can from $75 to $125 per person

Dogs: We will have 2 dogs to accompany us – Paz and Shanti. They are best friends! See photos below.

Location: Start and finish at A-110 Medana St., James Bay, Victoria, BC

Bring: Clothing to suit the weather

REGISTER ATinfo@nicolemoen.caplease send me the names and email addresses of everyone wanting to come!

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BOOKS:

If it calls you, and you don’t already own it, you may be interested in purchasing Allen’s book:
Kindred Spirits How the Remarkable Bond Between Humans and Animals Can Change the Way We Live
Check it out at the bookstores or buy it on-line here: http://drschoen.com/books_L1.html First book on the list.
Bring it with you. I’m sure Allen would be happy to sign it at the workshop!
And I’m thrilled to tell you that I have an eBook available that can help you to start to find your inner walker. It’s called:
10 Minute Pilgrimage How to Be a Pilgrim in Your Own Hometown
You can purchase it here: www.nicolemoen.ca – second box down on your right.
Paz and Shanti enjoying the beach with one of their people.   Shanti about to pounce on the unsuspecting Paz . . .
Wild abandon to the joy of the chase, of running, of being in their bodies . . . .
REGISTER ATinfo@nicolemoen.ca for From Daily Chore to Inspiring Spiritual Practice: Dog-Walking as Pilgrimage

Walk On!
Nicole
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Hit the Ground Walking!
Slow and Sustainable Fall 2011 Launch
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Victoria, BC, Canada

“I have arrived – I am home – My destination is in each step.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

 

Veterinarians Beyond Borders Help Himalayan Earthquake Victims

Veterinarians Beyond Borders

Veterinarians Beyond Borders

It is always great to hear from my dear friend and colleage, Dr.Catherine Schuetze, one of the key veterinarians in Veterinarians Beyond Borders of Asia.  In the midst of climatic and environmental shifts throughout the world, after the devastating earthquake in the  eastern Himalaya’s, Dr. Schuetze and her team switched roles from spaying, neutering and vaccinating dogs and cats to treating injured animals.  The epicenter, in Gangtok was right near where they happened to be working.  You can read the rest of the story in the vets beyond borders recent newsletter.

In addition, they are doing tremendous work in harsh http://www.health-canada-pharmacy.com environments controlling rampant stray dog and cat populations and helping find homes for them.  They offer programs for volunteer veterinarians, veterinary technicians and others.  Check them out online at www.vetsbeyondborders.org.

Often times, one can get overwhelmed by all the seemingly catastrophic news throughout the world. Yet, little by little, animal by animal, we can make a difference and assist in creating a more compassionate, happier, healthier world.  Dr. Schuetz is an excellent example of that.

We can all make a difference in our own way where we live.  There are many animals that can use a touching, loving hand.  More to come……

National Wolf Awareness Week

Periodically I enjoy introducing kindred spirits to each other.  My dear friends at the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, NY are doing extraordinary work to preserve endangered species of wolves.  In addition, one veterinarian who used to work with me, Dr. Amy Rodriguez and her husband, Neil Abramson,  have worked for the benefit of animals through their entire adult lives.  Dr. Rodriguez is an excellent integrative veterinarian and her husband is one of our nation’s top legal advocates for animals. I had the honor of reviewing Neil’s first novel, “Unsaid” about the deeper connections with animals.  It is definitely a great read about the deeper spiritual connections that we share with our animal friends and will touch many people.  These friends of come together at a booksigning of Neil’s new book in order to benefit the Wolf Conservation Center.

Here is the notice about these great events.  These are truly kindred spirits helping to create a more compassionate society. I am grateful to share their friendship with all of you.

Celebrate National Wolf Awareness Week at the Wolf Conservation Center


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Celebrate National Wolf Awareness Week at the WCC

National Wolf Awareness Week begins on October 16th, but we’re celebrating all month long!

Please scroll down to learn about Wolves Of YellowstoneBook Signing to Benefit the WCCUp, Up and Away on Wolf Awareness DayWCC’s Outdoor Movie NightsWCC’s Halloween Howl, and Who’s Scaring Who.

The celebration begins this weekend!


Wolves Of Yellowstone

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October 8th at 11am – Join us for a special talk about the wolves of Yellowstone National Park!  The WCC hosted some fantastic Yellowstone adventures last season and we’re eager to share our insights about wolf reintroduction, the beneficial ecological effect wolves have had on our nation’s first national park, and the debate that surrounds this controversial predator in the West.   Guests will visit Ambassador wolves Atka, Alawa, and Zephyr as well as the WCC’s critically endangered red wolves and Mexican gray wolves.Pre-registration is required.  Click here to register now!

Book Signing to Benefit the WCC

October 11th at 7PM – Calling all animal lovers and WCC supporters!  Neil Abramson, WCC neighbor and volunteer, and one of our nation’s top legal advocates for animals, will be at the City Center in White Plains for a reading, discussion and signing of “Unsaid” — a heartfelt and compassionate novel that explores the intuitive bonds between people and animals that transcend explanation.unsaid.jpgNeil is donating all profits from books sold at the event to the WCC!

Tuesday, October 11, 7:00 PM
Barnes & Noble Book Store
City Center
230 Main Street
White Plains, NY

 


Up, Up, and Away on Wolf Awareness Day

compressed crooped.jpgOctober 16th at 11AM and 2PM – The WCC is celebrating the first day of National Wolf Awareness Week with an exciting bird of prey experience presented by Master Falconer, Lorrie Schumacher, of TALONS!  Guests will meet, catch, fly and be wowed some beautiful feathered ambassadors during the educational and interactive bird of Prey experience.  Don’t forget a camera!  After flying some of Talon’s “wolves of the sky,” guests will visit Ambassador wolves Atka, Alawa, and Zephyr as well as the WCC’s critically endangered red wolves and Mexican gray wolves too.  Each guest will receive an official 2011 Wolf Awareness poster! Pre Pre-registration is required. Click here to register today!

 

Outdoor Movie Nights at the WCC

Join us for a unique opportunity to enjoy some compelling wolf films under the stars alongside Ambassador wolves Zephyr and Alawa! Bleacher seating will be available but we recommend guests to bring beach/camping chairs of their own for more a comfortable experience. Snacks will be provided for our guests and wolves! Each guest will also receive an official 2011 Wolf Awareness poster. Pre- registration is required.

rise of black wolf.jpgOctober 21st at 6:30PM – Our first Movie Night will feature: The Rise of Black Wolf by Emmy award-winning wildlife cinematographer and friend of the WCC –  Bob Landis! Landis has produced many films for programs such as National Geographic and Nature and it will be a thrill to enjoy the film alongside the WCC’s resident black wolf, Zephyr!  Click here to register today!
lords of nature.jpgOctober 28th at 6:30PM – Our second Movie Night will feature: Green Fire Productions’Lords of Nature: Life in a Land of Great Predators. The compelling 60 minute documentary captures the importance of predators in the West and the challenges they face in our modern landscape. Click here to register today!

 

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WCC’s Halloween Howl

October 29th at 5PM – Trick or treat! Our Ambassador wolves don’t do tricks but shari
ng a sunset howl is always a treat!  Holiday appropriate goodies will be offered to our guests and wolves. Guests will also visit the WCC’s critically endangered red wolves and Mexican gray wolves. Costumes are encouraged! Pre Pre-registration is required. Clickhere to register today!

Who’s Scaring Who?
Scarecrow Fun at the WCC


October 30th at 11AM – Learn about the mythology, biology and ecology of wolf families and discover why the fall is such a magical time for packs in North America and people too. Guests will work together to customize a scarecrow for Atka to enjoy or destroy!   Guests will also visit the WCC’s critically endangered red wolves and Mexican gray wolves. Pre Pre-registration is required.  Click here to register today!
Click here to view our October program schedule.
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